NMSA2010: Top 10 Google Alternatives

“Getting FREE of Google’s Grip”

MY THOUGHTS IN ALL CAPS

Howie DiBlasi http://www.drhowie.com PRESENTATION WILL BE POSTED TOMORROW APPROX. 5PM

Presentation came out of conversation with Will Richardson, David Jakes about whether Google has too much power.

1) Thunderbird – alternative to Gmail…open source, ACTUALLY AN ALTERNATIVE TO Outlook Express…

2) 30 Boxes – Calendar software

3) Netvibes – Alternative to Google Reader…DEFINITELY AGREE WITH THIS ONE…LOVE ABILITY TO MAKE A PUBLIC RSS FEED PAGE

4) Zoho Office Suite – Alternative to Google Docs…lots of other options…has a database…Howie says there is better presentation software…Good chance Google will purchase this one…

5) Peepel – Alternative to Google Docs also…free…but maybe not forever…THIS IS THE ENVIRONMENT WE LIVE IN WHEN FOLKS HAVE TO MONETIZE…

6) Bloglines – Google Reader

7) Zimbra Collaboration – Google Docs…free for 60 days…then have a server edition that can be purchased…

8) ThinkFree Online – cell phone alternative editor for docs and spreadsheets

9) OpenOffice.org – Alternative to Google Docs/Spreadsheets

10) Flickr – Alternative to Picasa…have an education edition…NEED TO LOOK INTO THIS STILL…

Top 5 Search Engines of the Past 60 Days

  • Google
  • Yahoo
  • Bing – has purchased Yahoo’s technology, so there are similar results…using about 80% of the technology
  • Ask
  • AOL Search

Yahoo and Bing provided 3 million + results for British General Thomas Gage…Google 178,000…AOL Search 92,000…Kids still can’t sort through all that

Need to discuss Advanced Search with kids…DEFINITELY A BIG DISCUSSION TO HAVE…

Use “only search from this domain” to put in country codes and get results from only that country…AMAZING THOUGHT *SMACKING FOREHEAD* FOR NOT THINKING ABOUT THAT ALREADY…

Google Advanced does have Creative Commons search…

Powered By Google means they pay Google for a percentage of Google Search technology…Bing has paid for a high percentage of Google’s Search Technology

Wolfram Alpha

FactBites – search through encyclopedias…more specific than Google…includes Encarta, Wikipedia

Quintura – Kid safe searching, with word clouds of related terms

Clusty – gives you clustered search results and their sources…categorized search…recently renamed Yippy and modified some

Web’s Best Search Engine List – many of them no longer exist…

10 Best Search Engines of 2010…Reader Favorites…relevant, uncluttered, good results

  1. Cuil – now defunct…
  2. Duck Duck Go – gives summaries of the articles, not first words
  3. Ask
  4. Clusty…recently renamed Yippy
  5. Webopedia – looks at specific technology items and terminology for non-technical people
  6. Yahoo
  7. Bing
  8. Mahalo – pay people to edit and sift through search results and rank them…claim better results due to that…
  9. Google – people need to know about Wonder Wheel and Time Frame
  10. The Internet Archive – WayBackMachine and Podcast hosting

Blog Search Engines

Book Search Engines

Game Search Engines

Human-Powered Search Engines

Image Search Engines

Invisible Web Search Engines…lots of things Google does not search, this helps find some of that info

Map Machine from National Geographic

Web of Trust – add-on that warns about risky websites and content

Kathy Schrok’s Guide for Educators

Weebly for building websites

Edmodo – social learning environment

PrimaryPad – EtherPad clone…has graphics built in as well…

AMAZING OVERVIEW OF TONS OF SITES TO DIG THROUGH FURTHER IN THE NEXT WEEK OR SO…THANKS HOWIE!!

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One Response

  1. These kinds of lists seem to be coming back in vogue the past month or two. They came out regularly about 2-3 years ago, and then you didn’t see any for a long time.

    In any case, it’s great to see such a thorough and varied list.

    My one suggested addition: Zuula, http://zuula.com . It’s such a great way to explore and use alternatives to Google on a regular basis, while still providing easy access to Google when it’s needed.

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